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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Aug 9, 2010 2:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pizza Thoughts, and more...

Hey staggerlieb, what you hold dearly is actually one of the earlier "Pizza Tapes" bootlegs - not Jerry's last recordings, but rather recorded in early February '93. So, I'll beg to differ when you state "For me, there's even one better... I always come back to it", do yourself one kind favor and get yourself the sonically pristine "official realease" of The Pizza Tapes. All of those recordings you've grown to love will be found there - only sounding far better than you can imagine.

" Jerry's sort of just not quite there. He forgets lyrics. House, particularly is completely fucked up". I almost mentioned this earlier. It's been years since I've listened to the bootleg versions. On the official release, it's the last tune, and i'll agree with you that Jerry does seem to lose focus. My thoughts were that singing those lyrics may have brought up some bitter memories of being on the road with the dead and the unending fight with his addictions - that can be one powerful song . . . If that were the case, I can see Jerry being snapped back to the reality of his job, the exhausting tours or the like. After singing that tune he seems to have lost his joviality and tells the others that he's done, time to go, as if that reality check just popped his reverie of the last few hours of making fun music with friends . . . lot's of laughter and no bullshit.

With some of the banter and laughter left in, this recording makes for a vivid snapshot of the man, not so much a hot player among other hot players, but more of a friend among friends. I'm grateful that the tapes were rolling.

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Poster: vapors Date: Aug 9, 2010 4:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pizza Thoughts, and more...

Thanks for your post. I also just listened to this again today. Shared it with the crew at work. Forever grateful to Dawg!

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Aug 9, 2010 7:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Pizza Thoughts, and more... Warts and All.

I can assure you that I have this official disc. I've owned the official release of "The Pizza Tapes" since it was released, as I have every JGB that has been. There did seem to be a weird number of years between the pizza sessions and the alleged recordings of what would be late july ninety five.

I've always wondered of the true provenance of the "Knockin" music, and am a bit disappointed to hear that this isn't, in fact, the history that I was led to believe. Oh well. I'll still go back to it often, and treasure it. I love the banter, and will always enjoy the screwups. If you go back maybe five or six years ago on the forum, you'll find a post of mine where I talk about how much I love the guys and how much I felt that in comparison to other bands where everything was always perfect (or played the same note-for-note, think pink floyd or genesis each night, not that I don't love both these bands) but each night was the same, With the dead you never knew what you'd get. I loved every minute. Warts and all...


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